deter Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"deter" in British English

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deterverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈtɜːr/  us   /-ˈtɝː/ (-rr-)
to ​prevent someone from doing something or to make someone less ​enthusiastic about doing something by making it ​difficult for that ​person to do it or by ​threateningbadresults if they do it: These ​measures are ​designed to deter an ​enemyattack. High ​prices are deterring many ​youngpeople frombuyinghouses.
(Definition of deter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deter" in American English

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deterverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈtɜr/ (-rr-)
to ​prevent or ​discourage someone from doing something: High ​prices are deterring a lot of ​youngcouples from ​buyinghouses.
deterrent
noun [C]  us   /dɪˈtɜr·ənt, -ˈter-/
The ​company says this ​alarm is an ​effective deterrent against ​theft.
(Definition of deter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deter" in Business English

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deterverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈtɜːr/ (-rr-)
to prevent someone from doing something or to make someone less enthusiastic about doing something: deter sb from doing sth High ​prices deter many young ​people from ​entering the ​propertymarket. People said he was foolish to ​start his own ​business, but he didn't let that deter him.
(Definition of deter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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